Lucy Letby is a neo natal nurse, from Aran Avenue, Hereford. She graduated with a nursing degree from Chester University in 2011. She then worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
She is accused of murdering 5 boys and 3 girls at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and Jun 2016. She is also accused of the attempted murder of 5 boys and 5 girls.
The police investigation began May 2017 due to a high number of deaths between March 2015 and July 2016.
Lucy Letby was arrested on 3 July 2018 on suspicion of murdering 8 babies and attempted murder of 6 babies at the neo natal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital. She was then rearrested in respect of attempted murder of 3 additional babies on 10 June 2019. She was further arrested and charged with 8 counts of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder, in November 2020.
She appeared at Warrington Magistrates Court on 12 November 2020. At Liverpool Crown Court, at a case management hearing, in May 2021, the trial date was set. Letby appeared by video link, from Peterborough prison. When Lucy Letby appeared at Manchester Crown Court, by video link, she repeated the words, “not guilty” to all of the 18 charges.
The trial of Lucy Letby is due to start in 2022.
Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, said: "It has been more than three years since we first launched an investigation into a number of baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital.
"In that time a dedicated team of detectives have been working extremely hard on this highly complex and very sensitive case doing everything they can as quickly as they can to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses.
"In July 2018, a healthcare professional was arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital. She was subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.
"In June 2019, the healthcare professional was rearrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies. She was also arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies.”